Becoming a Preceptor


Program Effectiveness

Instructional Skills


Preceptor Training Workshop - The Mentoring Model

Conceptual Model

1. Initiate exploration

  • What is the current situation?
  • What factors are impacting on the situation?
  • How do they affect the situation?
  • Why should it change?

2. Facilitate learning

  • What do we know?
  • What are the implications?
  • What could be different?
  • What might be done?
  • What might be the consequences of the actions contemplated?
  • What then, are realistic goals?

3. Guide the planning process

  • How might the goals be achieved?
  • What actions would be needed?
  • How will it be done?
  • What resources will be needed?
  • How ill progress be monitored?

4. Support experimentation

  • How is it going?
  • Are adjustments needed?
  • Are the expected outcomes being produced?
  • Are there unexpected outcomes?
  • What could be done differently next time?

Mentoring Model
When mentoring is defined broadly there are many possibilities for its use. Mentoring can be used in the following contexts:

  • Job orientation - someone who helps you settle in to your new job
  • Career coach - someone with whom you review your career goals an plans
  • Skills coaches - someone who will help you develop specific skills
  • Professional or personal development - someone who will help you grow
  • Confidant - someone who is there for you
  • Technical advisor - someone with whom you can discuss technical questions
  • Correspondent - someone to whom you explain your ideas

In its simplest form the mentoring model can be the mentor enabling their mentee to figure out where they are going, where they want to be, how they will get there and how they are progressing. Mentoring that takes place between individuals can be given different labels depending of the extent of the formality of relationship and the difference in status of the people participating in the relationship. For example, Peer mentoring is a type of mentoring relationship where colleagues or staff at similar stages in their careers support each other either individually or in groups.

Below are some benefits mentors have identified. Which ones do you think apply to you?

  • Contribute
  • Acquire and practice a coaching style of leadership
  • Re-energize a plateaued career
  • Extend your network
  • Obtain new perspectives, opinions
  • Gain additional recognition and respect
  • Awareness of own skills
  • Challenge and achievement
  • Self-development
  • Put something back
  • A sense of satisfaction
  • Grow people better
  • Contribute to the future
  • Involvement, focus on others